Nagsasa and Anawangin Cove – The Ultimate Camping Guide

In recent years Zambales has become a tourist hot spot with the growing popularity of Nagsasa and Anawangin cove. The two sites attract hundreds of campers yearly with their pristine beaches, majestic mountain ranges, lakes and waterfalls. Their proximity to cities like Metro Manila, make them accessible to people seeking a quick weekend vacation without having to spend a lot.

Travelling to the coves from the city of Manila will take 3 hours by land. Several bus liners service the Manila to Iba, Zambales route which passes the town of San Antonio. Nagsasa and Anawangin cove are located in Baranggay Pundaquit in the town of San Antonio, Zambales. This is the jump-off point to Nagsasa and Anawangin coves. Campers must get-off the bus at the town of San Antonio, in front of the Municipal Hall and take a 10 minute tricycle ride to Pundaquit Beach.

To prepare for a camping trip one should list food provisions sufficient for the number of campers and the length of stay at the coves. A few other items to take note of include:

· sleeping bags, beach towels

· flash lights, matches, kerosene, charcoal

· garbage bags, waterproof cover for backpacks

· swim wear, slippers, outdoor footwear, leggings

· suntan lotion, shades, summer hats,

· newspaper, mosquito repellant

· cooking utensils, eating utensils, food containers

· toiletries, dishwashing liquids

· cameras and charged extra batteries

The coves are located in remote underdeveloped mountainous areas of the province where electricity and network signal is not available. Food sources are also scarce. Thus, sufficient food provisions must be bought at the town center. A wet market sits behind the Municipal Hall and this is where campers can purchase their camping provisions before heading-off to Pundaquit beach.

Getting around the town of San Antonio is mainly via tricycle. A traditional 3 wheeled motor vehicle with a galvanized carriage that can accommodate 2-3 passengers on the inside and a third one seated behind the driver. The tricycle drivers busily course through the town in search of passengers and hiring one is easy.

At Pundaquit Beach, campers can hire boatmen to take them to either Nagsasa or Anawangin Cove. On a typical Philippine pump boat, it takes 50 minutes to 1 hour to cover the 42 kilometer distance from Pundaquit Beach to Nagsasa Cove. Whereas, it takes 15 to 20 minutes to cover the 1 kilometer distance between Pundaquit Beach and Anawangin Cove. Many campers flock to Anawangin because of the shorter travel time.

Nagsasa and Anawangin Cove are remote, nearly isolated beaches along the coast of Zambales in Luzon. Established as beach camping sites, there are no commercial hostels available. Also, stores are limited to 3-4 sari-sari (miscellaneous) stalls annexed to the owner’s beach huts. Admission fees are charged at each cove. These fees cover the usage of public bathrooms and fund the maintenance of the campsite. Although, the shower facilities are crude with no light and tiling, they have fresh running water and are cleaned regularly.

The …

100 Great Romantic Ideas

1. Bury a “Time Capsule” together with trinkets, love letters or other romantic sentimental items. Then, draw up a simple map and store it in your safe deposit box. Date the map and decide together when you’ll dig up your romantic treasure.

2. Create a special music disk together of love or fun songs. Have them ready for those special times together.

3. Plant a romantic note in a book your love is reading. It can be as simple as: “I love you,” “I want you” or just XOXOXOXO.

4. Next time you’re at the mall together, jump into a photo booth and take some fun pictures. Keep in your car or in your desk for a quick pick-me-up during the day.

5. Plant a tree together and plan to carve your names in it when it grows big. This can be a fun place to have a picnic or just hang out together; watching the clouds or stars.

6. Stop at a local coffee shop and spend some “two-gether” time there, or take a long walk or scenic drive in the county.

7. Send your love a letter at work. You can disguise it in a regular business envelope and it can be funny or/and romantic. Or even a little naughty if you’re planning a special evening together.

8. Use heart-shaped sticky notes, one or a bunch to post little messages throughout the house or garage to add a little thrill to your love’s life.

9. Pick up some dipping chocolate and fresh strawberries, cherries or bananas and make tonight’s dessert incredibly romantic.

10. Take a long drive and stop at a new restaurant, or a deli to pick up a picnic lunch. Spend this time really listening to each other.

11. Name a star together and when you’re apart; you can look at it and know that your love is waiting for your safe return.

12. Use glow-in-the-dark stars and black lights to create a romantic night sky inside.

13. Create a spa atmosphere at home with candles, essential oils, incense burners, mood music, massagers or other relaxation products.

14. Chocolate, the flavor of romance! Serve chocolate liquor in small glassware as dessert to vamp up a romantic dinner.

15. On a special night, dim the lights and put on some soft music. Then undress leaving a trail of your clothes from the front door to the bedroom.

16. Spend a quiet evening by the fire together. Roast marshmallows or have drinks available.

17. While your love is showering, sneak in and write, “I love you” on the steamed mirror.

18. Take a love letter or romantic vacation brochure and cut it into a puzzle. Mail a piece of the puzzle to your love every day or place each puzzle piece on table or dresser.

19. Make a romantic tape recording asking your love to meet you somewhere. You’ll need confirmation that they can make it so be sure to leave a return number.

20. Next time you’re …

Advantages of Work Wear T-Shirts

T-shirt work wear usually consists of comfortable t-shirts that may or may not be formal. They allow the employees to work wearing the clothes that they prefer. They do not have to waste a lot of time in choosing formal suits or coats every morning. They can just don t-shirt work wear and proceed to the office. In the offices of almost all businesses, one can now see workers in casual wear replacing the suit and tie ensemble that was the norm earlier. Work wear t-shirts offer a variety of benefits to both the employees as well as the organisation where they work.

Work wear t-shirts have become popular nowadays due to the following reasons:

1) Work wear t-shirts are not rugged looking and contrary to popular perception, they do not undermine the seriousness of work at the office. Modern work wear t-shirts are specially designed to look presentable and sleek while also being comfy to wear at the same time. They are completely adaptable to any kind of formal situation. Polo t-shirts are the best bet for anyone wanting to wear t-shirts to work.

2) There are different categories of these t-shirts that are available nowadays. There are tailor made t-shirts to suit your specific requirements. If you work in a large traditional office, polo t-shirts can be purchased. On the other hand, in case your job profile requires you to perform jobs on the field in the midst of all activity, you can wear any kind of casual wear as long as it offers you the requisite protection from on-site accidents.

3) People working in the hospitality sector or working in restaurants usually have special custom-made uniforms involving work-wear t-shirts with the company’s or the restaurant’s logo.

4) Work-wear t-shirts ensure that you are comfortable while performing your job. This goes a long way in raising your productivity levels and improves your performance.

5) You may have to shell out a lot of money in buying a formal suit whereas t-shirts are quite economical for everyone. You end up saving a lot of money this way. You also have the option of wearing the t-shirts you invest in on other occasions in your day-to-day life, thus making the most of your purchase.

6) Another advantage of wearing work wear t-shirts is that you do not have to go through the hassle of getting them dry-cleaned from time to time to maintain them. You do not even have to hand wash them. They are able to get perfectly cleaned by machine wash. If you choose to buy t-shirts made of quality fabrics, they are likely to last you for a lifetime as they are durable and not prone to frequent wear and tear.

7) T-shirts are a great way for a company to build up their reputation as a brand. Any worker who has a t-shirt on displaying the company’s logo is easily identifiable. It helps to spread word about the brand thus saving on advertising costs to a …

Natural Gout Remedies – Part 1

For years, gout has been treated with powerful drugs. The downside to the drugs is frequent and sometimes dangerous side effects. Some experts believe that the drugs can even make the condition worse in the long run. Because of this, many people choose alternative remedies and therapies to relieve the symptoms of gout.

The Cherry Theory There are a host of alternative supplements, remedies, and therapies for gout. One theory that has been widely discussed is the use of cherries to help eliminate the symptoms. Experts who believe in this theory recommend eating half a pound of cherries a day, whether canned, frozen, or fresh. It is believed that dark berries, like blueberries, blackberries, and cherries, may contain chemicals that lower uric acid and reduce inflammation.

Muraleedharan Nair, the lead researcher of the ‘cherry project’ at Michigan State University, explains, “Twenty cherries provide 25 milligrams of anthocyanins, which help to shut down the enzymes that cause tissue inflammation in the first place so cherries can prevent and treat many kinds of pain.”

More research is being done to determine the real health benefits of cherries. At least it’s an easy, appetizing consumption. Many gout sufferers opt for the recommended daily dose of cherries with cherry juice or concentrate. I can easily polish off half a pound of frozen cherries in a smoothie with soy milk, or with some cashew nuts in the food processor as a frozen dessert.

Natural Supplements

You may be wondering about natural supplements and creams that claim to relieve the pain instantly. Of course, ‘quick cures’ sound great to anyone with an acute gout attack but most of these products are worthless and expensive. However, there are few worth considering:

DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)

These are natural remedies considered effective for gout. DMSO is an industrial solvent and it was discovered in the 1960s that it could penetrate human skin and was shown to relieve pain and swelling, relax muscles, relieve arthritis, improve blood supply, and slow bacteria growth. It is extensively used in sports medicine for obvious reasons.

MSM is a naturally occurring substance found in plants, dairy products, meats, fruits, and vegetables. It is an odorless, tasteless, soluble crystalline solid in its pure form.

Once DMSO or MSM is used (in capsule, powder, or cream forms), the pain is supposed to disappear within minutes, though not enough scientific study has been conducted to verify the benefits. DMSO should not be used during an acute gout attack, as it can make the gout “quite angry.”

Bee Venom

Another supplement still under study is the use of bee venom to reduce swelling and inflammation. This form of treatment has been around for thousands of years but at this time there is not substantial medical proof that it helps conditions of arthritis.

Natural Remedies

Many natural remedies, often born in folk tradition, have been attributed to easing the symptoms of gout for various reasons. Following is a list of alternative home remedies though in many cases …

Different Types of Cutlery Used in Restaurants

Different types of cutlery made of different materials are used in restaurants. The materials range from silver to disposable plastic. However, plastic cutlery is more convenient to use than silver because it is easier to store, does not have to be wrapped in paper to present it on the table, and does not have to be washed but can be disposed after use. These items are available in various colors such as white, black, and sea green. The various kinds of plastic disposable cutlery used in the eatery are described below.

A Great Variety of Cutlery Items to Choose From

Medium Weight Items – You can get medium-white kitchen cutlery such as sporks to meet your foodservice requirements. These medium weight items are made of lasting and strong polypropylene or other plastics and offer the advantages of disposability and ease of use. Individually wrapped sporks are ideal for carryout and restaurants. You can get individually wrapped spoons, knives, and forks as well.

Items Resembling Silver – These products are attractive and add a touch of richness to your dining table. These are disposable items which serve the purpose and are just what you need to make your guests happy, in addition to the food of course. You don’t have to be burdened about the need to own or rent. What’s more, you needn’t unnecessarily worry about accidental disposal or loss.

Kits – You can buy sets of knives, spoons and forks in bulk, which would make it easier for you to distribute food along with these items to your customers.

6 in1 meal kit – The 6 in 1 meal kit is another convenient kit item. In addition to the cutlery items, it includes salt and pepper and a napkin.

Bulk Teaspoons – These tea spoons available for bulk purchase are shatter resistant, durable, and strong. You don’t have to worry about broken pieces or short counts. The quality of certain products of this kind is comparable to heavyweight offerings.

Biodegradable – If you are committed to doing your part to be environment friendly, you can always go for the biodegradable items.

Clear party plates with cutlery attached: These plates are great if you’re short on both plates and cutlery. When such plates are available you don’t have to expend time arranging the spoon, knife, and fork for each plate. They are already attached to the plates and can be easily taken out. The plates also come with a holder chiefly for a napkin, and sauce compartments. Apart from restaurant supply, the plates are suitable for tailgating, cocktail parties, off-premise catering, buffets, cafeterias, appetizer events, premise catering, events, outdoor events, and barbecues.

Purchase from a Reliable Online Store

This was a brief look at the different types of cutlery used in restaurants. Always purchase these and your other required restaurant supplies such as bakery fruit fillings and fortune cookies, from a reliable online store that has some years of experience and a good reputation.…

Factors that Affects the Selection Process

Introduction

Recently on some of the forums we discussed some of the factors that affect the Selection Process. People don’t want to accept that factors like mode of your master’s or specialized areas; the type of industry that you are working in; and the salary that you are drawing in your present job can affect your candidature and can tilt the balance against you. Instead they think that the companies are biased; industries are not giving equal opportunities to all and somewhere, knowingly or unknowingly they are making a desperate appeal that…”Give me a chance” or “Kindly experiment with me”. Irony is that they are not willing to accept that they need to change their perception; that they need to do their “Homework” before looking out for a change.

The steps that we are going to discuss here are applicable in all functions and industries, across the globe. It is not possible to discuss all the available positions, in all the industries, across the world. So, for the purpose of this write-up, we will be concentrating on all the positions above the level of Assistant Managers (People with at least three years of work Experience) and will concentrate on HR related openings in India.

Crucial Factors in SELECTION PROCESS

1. Relevant Experience is important and not the total experience

2. Industry type (The extent to which your present industry is related to the industry of your prospective employer)

3. Relocation (Are you willing to relocate?)

4. Your education and mode of your education

5. Salary Budget

Rare and General Domains

Just to help the HR people and let them know the various domains where they can explore opportunities, I have classified all available jobs in two domains – General and Rare. Rare domain is the area, where companies need specialized people and the competition is less…as there are not many people who have expertise in these domains.

General Domain

1. HR Generalist (HR Operations)

2. Recruitments

3. Employee Relations

4. Training and Development

5. HRIS Specialist

6. Labor Law Experts or Industrial Relations Experts

Rare Domain

1. PCMM Consultants

2. Six Sigma Experts

3. Compensation and Benefits Specialist (In some companies they might need two different person…one each for Compensation and Benefits)

4. Organization Development

5. Salary Tax Specialist or Employee-Investment Planner/Expert

6. Human Behavior or Workplace Behavior Expert

Let’s discuss

Relocation

Whenever there is an open position in any company, they prefer to source the candidate from the local market. This is done for the simple reason that the person who is already settled at the place will not face any difficulty in joining the company. On the contrary, if the company is planning to source a person from different city, they might have to arrange for his accommodation; the person might face difficulties in adjusting with the environment and making adjustments etc. So, hiring a person from local market will surely save the time and money of the company. But, we are in Global Market and in the …

Creating a Chart of Accounts for a Small Restaurant

Independent restaurant owners often do their own bookkeeping. Even if they hire a professional accountant at year’s end, they may save considerable money by handling the weekly tasks themselves.

Setting up a chart of accounts to fit the restaurant needs generally requires customizing the default choices of any accounting program. The selection of sales and cost of goods accounts on most systems does not provide for the separation of food and beverage categories that are needed.

Even the leading bookkeeping program for small business, while it has a default selection for restaurants, fails to provide all of the accounts that most restaurant owners require. In addition, many of the expense accounts that are added are rarely used, leading to confusion during data entry, and don’t help with the overview of the business finances.

The National Restaurant Association publishes a book titled Uniform System of Accounts for Restaurants. The book provides detailed descriptions of the application of generally accepted accounting principles to the restaurant industry.

That book includes a sample chart of accounts, but notes that “the codes used here are not the only method for classifying the accounts”. It points out that most restaurants will not use all of the categories listed, and it also notably lacks breakdown of inventory and cost categories beyond “food” and “beverage”. Many restaurant owners want further separation of those categories to include sub-categories such as “meat”, “seafood”, and “produce”, and possibly “beer” and “wine” for beverage categories.

While many programs do not require the use of account numbers, the NRA book states that some type of account numbering system must be used. If your program is not showing account numbers, it should have an option on a set up screen to activate that feature.

Any account numbering system is generally grouped so that accounts of a particular type fall within a specific range of numbers. For example, assets may be in the 1000 range, and income accounts in the 4000 range. On systems with many detail accounts, 5 digit numbers may be used to allow more sub-categories, but that is rarely needed for a small restaurant.

Typical number ranges that are used by many accounting systems are as follows:

Asset accounts: 1000-1999

Liability accounts: 2000-2999

Equity accounts: 3000-3999

Revenue accounts: 4000-4999

Cost of goods: 5000-5999

Expenses: 6000-8000

“Other” accounts: 8000-9999

Asset Accounts

Asset accounts include cash, bank accounts, inventory, and everything else that is owned.

It is common to assign the first account number, 1000, to Cash, since they are usually ordered, within each group, by liquidity (ease of converting to cash).

A separate account should be used in the chart of accounts for each bank account maintained for the business. If merchant deposits take a few days to reach the bank, a merchant account can be used. Also, if checks are accepted and not processed electronically, an account should be created for checks to be deposited.

New accounts are normally numbered 10 digits apart, so your first two bank accounts may use 1010 …

Cookie Decorating Made Easy For Kids and Parents

One of the simplest cookies to make with children is a pizzelle. Although it requires special equipment, the iron does all the work of creating a very decorative and large cookie that looks like a thin waffle. For fun you can add red or green coloring to the dough for Christmas. Have the children decorate it with a dusting of powdered sugar. The iron is hot, so don’t let the young ones handle it. Instead of the usual anise flavoring, try lemon, cinnamon or mint extracts. Maple is especially tasty, but it will darken the dough and prevent red or green food coloring from showing.

Beat 3 eggs and add ¾ cup of melted butter (once the butter has cooled), along with ¾ cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Separately, whisk together 1¾ cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and then whatever other flavor you like (1 tablespoon star anise or 1 teaspoon of lemon). The eggs make the dough rather spongy. Grease the warming iron if necessary. Drop a heaping tablespoon onto the center of one side of the heated iron to test the amount and positioning. Close the lid and cook 1 minute. The first one is often dark and overdone, since the iron is at its hottest. Use a fork to remove the cookie to a cooling rack. This recipe makes 18 cookies, which takes you about 9 minutes to “cook.”

Most children want the experience of cutout cookies. Here is one that is easy to handle as long as you are using real butter. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl whisk together 2 cups of flour (unbleached makes it less sticky, but bleached will work), ½ teaspoon each of soda and cream of tartar and ¼ teaspoon of salt. You may use 1 teaspoon of baking powder and no salt instead, if you don’t have cream of tartar. (It works wonders when cleaning stainless steel sinks, just in case you think it is silly to keep on hand.) Cream ¾ cup of sugar with ¾ cup (1½ sticks) of softened butter. A few seconds on the defrost setting in the microwave will soften the butter.

Beat in 1 egg and 1½ teaspoons of vanilla extract to the creamed sugar and butter and then add the flour mixture. The dough will roll out better if you chill it for 30 minutes or more. The flatter the ball of dough the quicker it will chill. To ensure that your cookies won’t stick, roll them out on parchment paper. You can even cover the dough with wax paper to keep the dough from sticking to your rolling pin. Roll to about ¼ inch thick. Keep the rest of the dough chilled for easier handling. Bake for 8-10 minutes until you see light brown edges. This recipe should make 34 cookies.

Making and chilling the dough can be done ahead of time, since the main focus for most children is in the …

Why You Should Be Hand Feeding Your Dog

When working with a new client, one of the first changes I make is I have them switch from bowl feeding to hand feeding. To a lot of people, it can seem like a tedious switch to make, but there are so many advantages to adopting this routine with your dog.

First of all, hand feeding reinforces a leadership dynamic and teaches your dog that all good things in life come through you. This has nothing to do with outdated ideas about the domination/submission principle – it is simply a way of re-asserting to your dog on a daily basis that you control the resources. This would include food, treats, toys, affection, attention, access to areas like the couch/bed, freedom to greet dogs and people, and any other thing/object that your dog values. When a dog understands that he doesn’t just get what he wants all the time, that he must earn what he wants, behavioral change and learning occur rapidly. On the same token, people behave better when they feel that good things must be earned – it engenders a sense of discipline, focus and desire to perform. Sound like qualities you would like to see in your dog?

A true dynamic of leadership between you (and your family members) and your dog comes in handy in many situations that you will encounter in everyday life. When you open the front door, does your dog just go darting out or does he look at you and wait for your release word? When you sit down to dinner, does your dog circle the table like a hungry shark or does he go to his bed and settle down? When you find yourself in a potentially challenging situation with another dog, does your dog take it upon himself to handle things and become reactive, or does he look to you for guidance and security? Beginning a hand feeding routine can help improve countless situations that have nothing to do with meal times, simply because the dog is learning to respect you and is understanding that you are in control.

Another benefit of hand feeding, especially during training, is that we avoid over-feeding the dog and causing nutritional imbalances. This is especially important for dogs that are naturally predisposed to putting on weight. Nutritionally speaking, many dog treats are the canine equivalent of McDonalds – full of all kinds of junk that has no business being in a dog’s regular diet. The last thing we want in training is to help the dog become psychologically and behaviorally healthy, while creating a total mess of his health. Dog treats and human food are used exclusively as high-value rewards when we are working the dog in a particularly challenging/distracting situation. Otherwise, all training rewards are the dog’s regular kibble.

There is another benefit to not over-feeding your dog that has nothing to do with nutrition. It’s a fact of life that dogs are more willing to work if they are driven by hunger… assuming …

The Importance of Using Recyclable Packaging

The packaging of a product or item is used to make the transportation, trading and carrying the item easy and safe but what happens to it once it has done its job? It is either left as a waste material or recycled to make it usable for another time. Most of the time recyclable materials like corrugated plastics are used in packaging. Recycling of packaging is akin to bringing it back to life by giving it new shape, size and dignity to be used again. Thus packaging like a corrugated box is recycled when it becomes waste to make it usable for one more term.

Importance of Recycling

Recycling of packaging is increasing day by day and according to an estimate, around 75 percent of used packaging that are made out of plastic, wood, glass or steel are used for recycling. Recycling not only makes the waste packaging usable again but also helps in saving our environment. Thus, recycling of packaging has become important for us and our environment both and we should apply it to our everyday lives fast as we are wasting packaging at much higher rate than ever. It is because society has become disposable consumers and thus, the packaging of recyclable materials like plastic containers are much in use these days than previous. The increase in use of packaging and its waste is due to several reasons such as:

– Increasing wealth with people had increased their purchasing power much higher than before and more purchasing means more waste packaging

– Increasing population on earth also help in adding waste material

– Increasing use of non-biodegradable product in packaging, due to advancement in technologies, had increased the demand of recycling of these packaging wastes

– Packed foods and fast food items are usually available in non-biodegradable packaging that are normally consumed by people, due to change in their life style, which had added to the waste

Importance of Using Recyclable Packaging

The recycling of packaging is important for two reasons, one for environmental reasons and the other for society:

1. Environmental reasons:

• Using recyclable packaging is important as its waste can impact negatively on our environment.

• Recycling of packaging will help in reducing the impact of harmful chemicals and green house gases released on the sites of waste dump

• Using recyclable packaging also help in reducing the destruction of forestation on our planet that may cause more in increasing global warming and destruction of environment

• Moreover recycling process needs much lesser energy than producing a new product of that kind hence recycling also saves energy and environment.

2. For people

• The increasing use of corrugated plastic, corrugated box, plastic container and other recyclable packaging in cities had also increased the need of recycling of waste packaging.

• It is more in demand too for the reason of non-availability space for dumping the non-biodegradable waste.

• It also helps in reducing the cost of production of packaging as new item costs higher …